Monday, May 12, 2008

Chipping Wisdom 2.0

Today I had a(nother) dental appt. Afterward I drove Pete to a gig in Indian Wells. Driving back, I listened to reports of the devastation and sad loss of life after the quake in China, reminded again that the filter created by distance has gone. Technology has brought every event into the here and now--makes us more aware of ourselves as members of the human family. At the break I switched to some Pink Floyd, and at the precise moment the music started, the numbness in my jaw fled suddenly and this fresh pain put bright edges around everything.

By the time I got home I was genuinely bummed out. So I settled in at the computer to work at minute image details for a project, feeling more and more overwhelmed as my mind wandered off to other projects---and the deadline trailing behind each. I remind myself to employ chipping wisdom when I'd rather curl up and sleep off this gloom.

It's sort of working.

I'm working on a number of projects, with a number of collaborators. The projects are each very different from the other, as are the collaborators. I send bits of ideas or images to them and they send bits back and once in a while that feels a lot like solving a jigsaw puzzle with a best buddy on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

That's pretty okay.


Austin Maloney said...

I like this painting. I like your blog too. Would you like to do a link exchange? I’m a fellow artist trying to build my ranking by getting more reciprocal links. If interested please email me at:

lisa said...

Austin: "build my ranking by getting more reciprocal links" doesn't seem to have anything at all to do with creating art and seems to have a lot to do with bullshit.
You're wasting your time spamming here. My readers seem to have fled for the moment.

At least you spelled 'reciprocal' correctly. Good on you for that one. Otherwise, good luck and piss off.

Carl V. Anderson said...

Chipping wisdom is great. I certainly have been guilty of waiting around and lugging around my dreams but I've finally...finally!...grown tired of that and am now doing small but necessary steps in working on an art project that has been sitting in the back of my head for a few years. I've done sketches, gathered materials...even went so far as to look for stuff on my recent vacation...and have begun work. It feels good to lay fears and worries aside and just go for it, end-results be damned!

lisa said...

Carl: go for it. aim for somewhere between the scientific method and joyful abandon